Spoonful of fertility

Mixed grains and seeds with chanterelles and harissa

In many regions of Europe grains are traditionally served on weddings as a fertility blessing. In the Discipline scenario, customs and rituals celebrating human relationship with the Earth are rediscovered and celebrated. Forgotten ingredients including ancient grains and seeds such as spelt, barley, buckwheat, linseed and hemp are served in family meals again. Another forgotten tradition that has been resurrected in this scenario is foraging, in an appropriately disciplined and responsible manner. In this dish we combine the grains and forest mushrooms, spiced up with a hearty harissa.


  • 250 g of a 5-grain mix (e.g. wheat, barley, buckwheat, spelt, rice – or any other mixture)
  • handful of dried apricots chopped in small pieces
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 250 g Chanterelles (Cantharellus cibarius), chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 100 g sour cream
  • harissa
  • butter for frying
  • alfalfa sprouts


Cook grains according the instructions on the package. Melt the butter in a pan on low heat. Sauté garlic and onion until soft and golden. Add apricots, mushrooms and cooked grain. Season with salt and pepper.


Serve in porcelain spoons, topped up with a drop of sour cream and harrissa. Decorate with a few threads of alfalfa sprouts.


Most ingredients came from the organic supermarket Bio Planet. Harissa and mushrooms came from Champigros.


This recipe is part of 🍴Food Futures